Our Scoutmaster, Matt Johnson, had asked for help during the week with two-deep leadership. I was more than happy to go camping, but the weather man predicted snow. Still it was a clear night and we were filled with toasted cheese and bacon sandwiches as the fire burned low.
The fire burned lower as we ate dessert. Then Matt asked the Scouts to liken our fire to our quorum and troop. One Scout said the coals were warming like the gospel, but the one who had pushed the separate coals into a pile said, when we get all together, we burn brighter. Then Matt asked about the other five Scouts who were not with us at camp that evening.
During the night the weather changed and at 3 am wind blew the three Scouts’ tent upside down; it has just started to snow. Their cries for help got us up. I really admired Matt as he helped stake the tent down firmly.
While they were gone Matt and I had pancakes, bacon and eggs. Plenty was waiting for them when they got back.
About 11 the Scouts decided to head home; the fishing wasn’t good and they didn’t want to kayak in the wind on Jordanelle. So we packed up and cleaned up, taking the Scoutmaster’s challenge to leave no trace (and the wind had made that pretty hard, scattering our stuff about).
When we were ready the Senior Patrol Leader called for prayer, but Matt asked if he could lead another reflection. He said that he had made a mistake when the Scouts set up their tent the night before, but saying it didn’t need to be staked down. He asked us to like that to the Gospel. One Scout side stakes anchor a tent like our testimony anchors us. As we talked more we noted the tent had 8 stakes just like our quorum and that missing some of those stakes would let the tent blow over. We concluded we needed everyone in our quorum to keep it strong and talked about how to get everyone with us next troop meeting.
Wow, what can I say: one campout, two reflections!
Author: Darryl Alder | Retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. servers as troo 562 Committee Chair. His pride in Scouting is his 59 years of volunteer service with BSA